After 20 years and 878 matches, one of world tennis’ modern greats and most tenacious competitors has hung up the racket.
Champion stalwart Lleyton Hewitt made a typically gallant and emotional exit from the second round of the Australian Open in front of his home fans, going down to 8th-seed David Ferrer 6-2 6-4 6-4 in front of a star-studded crowd that had come out to pay tribute to the retiring Aussie legend.
Hewitt’s storied career includes a US Open Championship in 2001 and Wimbledon glory in 2002, but ironically, he generally came up short at his home major. He competed at every Australian Open from 1997-2016, but only once made it past the fourth round – in 2005, when he went down to Marat Safin in a four-set final.
He also finished runner-up at the 2004 US Open and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in ’05.
Hewitt staged many great rivalries during his career, and remains one of the most respected players in tennis among past greats and his contemporaries alike.
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2016